Cloud Data Storage Vs. Private (NAS) Storage
With the constant and rapid growth of data, users are seeking new ways to easily and efficiently manage their personal and/or business data. With public cloud service providers actively promoting their cloud storage platforms the word ‘cloud’ is quickly becoming a hot-topic in the market with more and more users becoming familiar with the word cloud and relating this to a storage platform.
But what is cloud storage really?
Cloud storage, is physically a server that looks like this:
Basically, it is a series, of storage devices owned by the service provider that rents out allocated data space on these devices for a monthly usage fee and is only accessible via internet.
However we have all heard about hacking / security issues when storing your personal data on public platform, but are these 3rd party storage providers the only option for additional storage space or redundancy or can you actually host it at your own home / business at fraction of the cost, and which will give you total control.
Personal NAS (Creating a private cloud)
The term NAS might sound foreign, but it stands for Network Attached Storage. It’s a clever little storage unit that plugs into your own network that creates a cross platform, file sharing power house for everyone in the network.
What do you mean by ‘private cloud’
Cloud storage doesn’t all have to be scary and large scale, you can create your own personal cloud storage at a fraction of the cost. A lot of NAS units on the market have built-in features that enable the user to create their own private cloud storage. You can sync your data across all your devices such as your phone, tablet or laptop, giving you the convenience to move between work and home. As a private cloud, no one else can access it unless YOU give them permission to, giving you total control.
Should I stop using the cloud
Public services aren’t a bad thing as a matter of fact they are an excellent solution for some individuals, what’s best for you really depends on your needs, and you can always create a hybrid solution.
Most NAS units have other built in features such as backup, which gives you the capability of backing up your data to a different location, some even give you the flexibility and convenience of connecting your private cloud to public cloud but with added bonuses, hence hybrid solution.
You can encrypt your files before a copy is synced to the public cloud giving you added security for your sensitive data. The data will sync between your own private storage to the public bidirectionally, so if one service is down you still have a redundant copy.
The NAS is more than just a storage unit, when you rent or use the public cloud services you are only paying for that storage usage. But with a NAS you can enhance the users experience, utilising features such as back-up, multimedia, surveillance and much more with no on-going cost.
Both services have their pros and cons
Public cloud is readily available, however, it lacks total control, you have terms and conditions that you have agreed to with ownership of your data when you use their service (Next time have a read through the T’s and C’s) if you don’t mind being in a long term storage tenant and opting for a quick and easy solution, it’s quite ideal.
There are a good number of NAS products on the market, depending on what your needs are, some offer a quick storage solution that is easy to access and use and includes your basic run of the mill features while some offer an abundance of applications, such a media streaming services, disaster recovery protocols etc. This also gives you the total ownership over your data with only the initial hardware investment.
If you want to know more about private cloud solutions, hybrid cloud solutions, or find out what solution is best suited for you, feel free to contact our sales team on: 09 444 8448 or email at Sales@vst.co.nz